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D Viacheslav Fetisov

Ht/Wt: 6'1, 215 lbs
Shoots: Left

Career Statistics

USSR: 367 GP, 141-198-339, 314 PIM
NHL: 546 GP, 36-192-228, 656 PIM

(bio courtesy Dreakmur)

Soviet League Accomplishments:

11 x Soviet League Champion (1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989)
11 x European Cup (1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989)

2 x MVP (1982, 1986)
9 x All-Star (1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)

MVP Voting – 1st(1982), 1st(1986), 2nd(1985), 2nd(1988), 3rd(1978), 3rd(1984), 3rd(1989), 4th(1983), 5th(1987)

Soviet League Scoring:

Points – 4th(1984), 7th(1987), 8th(1986)

Points among Defensemen – 1st(1978), 1st(1979), 1st(1980), 1st(1981), 1st(1982), 1st(1984), 1st(1986), 1st(1987), 1st(1988), 2nd(1983), 2nd(1985), 5th(1989)
Goals among Defensemen – 1st(1979), 1st(1984), 1st(1986), 1st(1987), 1st(1988), 2nd(1978), 2nd(1981), 2nd(1985), 3rd(1980), 3rd(1982), 3rd(1983), 4th(1989)

International Accomplishments:

2 x Olympic Gold Medalist (1984, 1988)
Olympic Bronze Medalist (1980)
7 x World Championship Gold Medalist (1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1990)
World Championship Silver Medalist (1987)
2 x World Championship Bronze Medalist (1985, 1991)
Canada Cup (1981)

Hockey Hall of Fame (2001)
IIHF Hall of Fame (2005)

IIHF Centennial All-Star
5 x IIHF Best Defenseman (1978, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1989)
9 x IIHF All-Star (1978, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991)
Canada Cup All-Star (1987)
2 x Isvesta Cup Best Defenseman (1984, 1988)

Golden Hockey Stick voting - 1st(1984), 1st(1988), 1st(1989), 3rd(1985), 4th(1986), 5th(1987), 10th(1983)

International Scoring:
Points – 2nd(1988), 4th(1984)
Points among Defensemen – 1st(1980) 1st(1984), 1st(1988)

World Championships
Points – 2nd(1985), 4th(1986), 5th(1987), 5th(1990), 6th(1983)
Points among Defensemen – 1st(1985), 1st(1986), 1st(1987), 2nd(1983), 2nd(1990)

Canada Cup
Points – 7th(1987), 8th(1981)
Points among Defensemen – 2nd(1987), 2nd(1981)

Euro Cup
Points – 2nd(1986), 2nd(1987), 5th(1981), 6th(1985)
Points among Defensemen – 1st(1981), 1st(1985), 1st(1986), 1st(1987)

NHL Accomplishments:
2 x Stanley Cup Champion (1997, 1998)
2 x NHL All-Star (1997, 1998)

Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
He possessed exceptional mobility and instinctively knew when to pinch in from the blueline to create a scoring chance in the offensive zone. As a defenceman in the 1980s he had few rivals, not just at home but worldwide.
Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
His talent, size, and hockey intelligence was undeniable.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
He was well respected by his teammates for his strength of character both as a player and as a person, and he served as captain of both the National Team and of the Central Army squad.
Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
He possessed exceptional mobility and instincts, both offensively and defensively. He was always in perfect position defensively, though never shied from taking offensive chances. He was also a hard hitting and mean spirited defender, setting him apart from most international players of his day. The 6'1", 215 pound blue liner was among the biggest and best-conditioned hockey players in the world. He loved physical contact, setting him apart from others and earned the grudging admiration of even the bitterest rivals.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
When it was announced that he would not be allowed to play with the National Team during the upcoming World Championships, his teammates rose in solidarity to have him reinstated by stating that if Fetisov would not be allowed to play then they would not play either. He was soon reinstated and the players wasted no time in electing him as their captain.
Originally Posted by Mike Gartner
He was always a tough competitor because he had great size, he had great vision of the ice and he always made solid plays. Very, very seldom did you ever see him make a bad play and he was a guy that was a lot like Denis Potvin in that he could kind of do it all.
Originally Posted by Joe Cirella
He's a phenomenal player. He reads and anticipates so well. He's big and strong like Rod Langway, but he moves into the play like a Ray Bourque.
Originally Posted by Jim Schoenfeld
He’ll help an awflul lot. Not only with his ability, but with his leadership. He can make an entire team a notch better.
Originally Posted by Red Fisher
… Viacheslav Fetisov, the Soviet Union’s premier defenseman and generally regarded by hockey people everywhere as the world’s best defenseman.
Originally Posted by Wayne Gretzky
They lost their dynamo and policeman. He was a player with lots of muscle, a guy who could play 35 minutes a game.
Originally Posted by Wayne Gretzky
The Soviets without Tretiak and Fetisov are like New York Islanders playing without Billy Smith and Denis Potvin.
Originally Posted by Bobby Clarke
You look at that (Viachislav Fetisov), and if you weren’t behind 5-1, you would want to stand up a cheer. Or maybe cry in envy.
Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette – December 29th, 1977
Yesterday, a tremendous young Russian defenseman named Vyachesav Fetisov waited patiently for Gretzky to finish his bluff, then blithely skated off with the puck. Fetisov was a tower of strength all day, a fact that stunned us Canadians who had been contemptuous until now of Russian defensemen (“Can never learn to get it out of their own end”).
Originally Posted by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – January 3rd, 1983
Viacheslav Fetisov, 24, is the star of the Soviet defense and the team captain for the tour. He stands 6-1 and 198, and is sometimes called “the Bobby Orr of Europe”. Edmonton’s Wayne Gretzky says Fetisov is the best defensemen he has ever played against.
Originally Posted by Reading Eagle – January 6th, 1983
As usual, they were like a red machine, with every perpetually moving part working in unison. But a couple of those gears stood out in particular Thursday: defenseman Viacheslav Fetisov and goaltender Vladislav Tretiak.
Originally Posted by Reading Eagle – January 6th, 1983

If you can look past the red of his uniform, Fetisov may be the closest thing you’ll ever see to Bobby Orr. In one particular sequence, he was skating so fast with the puck – backwards – that none of the Flyers could catch him.
Originally Posted by The Windsor Star – August 28th, 1984
He (Wayne Gretzky) said that Fetisov was excellent both offensively and defensively.
Originally Posted by Kentucky New Era – September 6th, 1984
Defenseman Viacheslav Fetisov – considered by many the best defenseman in the world – broke his leg…
Originally Posted by Reading Eagle – Febrary 19th, 1984
Although both teams are coming off shutouts, the Soviets hold a strong defensive edge with the pairing of Viacheslav Fetisov and Alexsei Kasatonov, not so arguably the best defensive pairing ever to play the game. And, despite what you read about Wayne Gretzky, many people outside Alberta consider Fetisov to be the hands-down best all-around player in the world. Some even compare him to Bobby Orr.
Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette – August 17th, 1984
Vyacheslav Fetisov, the giant Soviet defenseman who is regarded as the best in the world at that position, isn’t in the latest Canada Cup lineup. He’s suffering from an ankle injury…
Originally Posted by The Free Lance Star – Febuary 11th, 1987
Even the Soviet defensemen are rabbit-quick. Viacheslav Fetisov and Alexai Kasatonov complete what is generally regarded as the first team I the Soviet lineup.
Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette – December 28th, 1985
The 27-year-old defenseman was generally regarded as the best hockey player in the world last year… normally a hard-hitting but clean player…
Originally Posted by Star-News – January 7th, 1983
The Soviet Union All-Stars, led by the smooth passing of Vyacheslav Fetisov and the cool goaltending of Vladislav Tretiak, defeated the Philadelphia Flyers…
Originally Posted by Toledo Blade – January 6th, 1983
The Soviets, mixing pinpoint passing and solid defense led by Vyachelav Feitsov…
Originally Posted by Pttsburgh Post-Gazette – January 7th, 1983
Defenseman Vyacheslav Fetisov, a 24-year-old Communist Bobby Orr…
Originally Posted by Pittsburgh Press – April 10th, 1991
For every clean, hard check, like the one Fetisov threw to send Mario Lemieux head-first into the boards…

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